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Welcome to the website of Eastbourne Catholic Churches.
Here you can find information about the following churches in Eastbourne

  • Our Lady of Ransom
  • St Agnes
  • St Gregory

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Church Opening Times
Our Lady of Ransom church is open at the for private prayer 9:00am – 5:00pm daily (except Sunday morning).
Masses are at the following times:

Day Morning Evening
Saturday 6:00pm
Sunday 9:15 & 11:30am 5:30pm
Monday 6:30pm
Tuesday
Wednesday 11:00am
Thursday 11:00am
Friday Adoration & Confessions 11-12

After the 9.15 mass on Sunday the church doors will be closed for about half an hour to allow cleaning in readiness for the 11:30 mass.

St Gregory’s church is open for Sunday mass:

Day Morning Evening
Sunday Mass 9:30am

St Agnes church will be open for Sunday mass from November 1st:

Day Morning Evening
Sunday Mass 11:15am

Please click on the link for the Pastoral Letter from Bishop Richard Moth for the weekend of the 24th/25th October 2020 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Restarting of Masses
Among the many requirements we have to follow, are the provision of stewards; as we have more volunteers, we can have more Masses. If you are able to help with stewarding please could you e-mail Mary Staffiere, the Parish Secretary at eastbourneolor@abdiocese.org.uk or give the office a ring on 07510-926806 – Please note that we are not currently allowed to accept those over 70 and/or with health conditions or a vulnerable family member at home.

Understandably, many people may still be cautious of risking their health, and the Bishops are continuing to say that the Sunday obligation does not apply at the moment, so do not feel obliged to come if you have doubts. You can still follow the Mass that is live-streamed at 9.15am. If you are coming to Mass, and can come on a weekday, that will free up a place for those who can only come on Sunday.
The Mass may look and feel different from what we are used to. We are following the social distancing rule that only requires 1- metre apart, so as to accommodate as many as we can, but this means we have to come with a mask. We are asked to observe a one-way system, entering by the main door on Grange Road and exiting by the side door on Meads Road.
Benches will be allowed to sit one person at either end, and one in the middle. Families and couples who form one household can sit together and observe a 1-metre distance from others.
There will also be an overflow Mass in the Parish Centre.
Sadly we are not allowed to have congregational singing (but may have music played).
There will be no collection, but you may leave offerings at a donation box as you leave the church. Communion will be only the host, and only in the hand; after receiving everyone will leave straightaway by the exit.

Masse Attendance Preferences Questionnaire
We have produced a questionnaire and ask if you were able to pick a day and time of the week most suitable for Mass from your point of view, when would it be?
You would need to make this a regular thing, so that even if the Sunday obligation will have been lifted, quite rightly, there is still a sense of making an intentional place for that Mass in your week.
The forms are available in the church or at request from parish office or you can download below:
Mass Prefrences Word Document
Mass Prefrences PDF

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Sunday Mass Live Streaming

Mass will be streamed live every Sunday at 9:15am.
Click the YouTube button below to watch live at mass time, or at any time to watch previous masses:

You can also watch previous masses on the mass live streaming page.

You can view the readings for the masses at https://universalis.com/mass.htm
A copy of the Mass Responses sheet is available here: Mass Responses Sheet

If you are unable to watch at mass time you are encouraged to pray using this sheet: When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly

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Newsletter
Click Here for the Latest Parish Newsletter
We have been sending out the Weekly Newsletter to Sick/Housebound/elderly or anyone without accessible internet connection. If you know of anyone who may not be on our list and would like to be, please let Mary from the parish Office know by email: eastbourneolor@abdiocese.org.uk. She will check if they are already on the list and if not, they will be added.

Link to the Newsletter Page with previous newsletters.

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Virtual Offertory
You can donate to the parish through the Diocese Virtual Offertory: justgiving.com/campaign/parishoffertory
Click on the button below. Be sure to specify the church and town for your donation, in the ‘message of support’.

Gift Aid / Donations
The Gift Aid envelopes can be collected from Our Lady of Ransom Church at mass times – please give your Gift Aid number to the Steward as you enter the church and your box will be ready to pick up as you leave. Alternatively, if you wish to make a Gift Aided donation at other times please post your envelope through the parish office door clearly writing your name and Gift Aid number on the envelope.
Non Gift aided donations to the offertory and the priests can be made in the same way.
If you want to continue donating to the Parish, whether Gift aided or not, please consider setting up a bank standing order. Forms are available here. Please post your completed form through the parish office door.

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Alpha Online is starting on November 3rd. For details, see the Alpha Online page or Download the Flyer

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Balanced Life Essay Competition
Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP has agreed to be a judge on the upcoming Balanced Life Essay Competition. There are 4 prizes of £250 each for the winning essays from young people aged 18-35. The deadline is 31st October.
For details, please click on the links below:
http://www.laybenedictines.org/balanced-life-essay
www.facebook.com/LayCommunityOfStBenedict

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Lumen Christi
Our group for Years 9-10 exploring faith starts again on Zoom this weekend.
Now every SUNDAY, from 7.30-8.30pm. New members welcome! To sign up, please complete the Lumen Christi Enrolment form – word version or pdf version and return it to the Parish Office. For further details please click this link to email Nick Woodall

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Bishop Richard will be Celebrating a Mass at OLR at 6.30pm on November 5th, for all those who have died in this extraordinary year. It is advisable to book for this Mass; if possible by email eastbourneolor@abdiocese.org.uk. If you are not on e-mail, you can telephone the Parish Office – 07510-926806.

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Singing in Church
We are very happy to have a small choir singing at OLR again. Many thanks to Colin Young for installing the protective screens to ensure the choir members’ safety.
We know you, the congregation, would love to join in singing again, but unfortunately at the moment this is not possible. Hopefully we will soon be singing God’s praises as one.
Please click the link for the latest news on congregational singing: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54390549

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Baptisms, First Communion, Confirmations and Marriages – updated information:
We recognize that many people are not yet coming to Mass, with the uncertainty about Covid still hanging over us. So we cannot fix dates for all those who are waiting to celebrate sacraments, whilst some of them do not feel it is safe. However, if a family or a group of families feel ready to come to Mass again, let us know that you would like to discuss moving forward with the sacrament. Churches can now be open, but only at times when we have volunteers to steward the people who come. So for the time being these sacraments will happen at Mass. We plan to begin with people who had been preparing for baptism, first communion, confirmation and marriage before the lockdown in March. Due to the safety restrictions, we ask your understanding that we have to limit the number of guests you bring. We can give further details according to which sacrament you are preparing.
Information for new enquiries for the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation can be found on the Sacraments page.

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Anti- Modern Slavery
18th October was Anti-Slavery Sunday. The diocese has been steadily building up its campaign against modern slavery, and in conjunction with this we have issued the first of what we hope to be regular updates on the current progress. The newsletter is on the new diocesan website and can be found here – Modern Slavery Newsletter Issue 1

You may have also seen the item in the regular e-bulletin from the diocese (You can sign up for it on the diocesan website – https://abdiocese.org.uk/diocese/news).

Our hope is to extend the number of people across the diocese who are aware of the tragedy of modern slavery that exists in our communities and we would ask you to especially make people aware in your parish. We hope as time progresses to be able to offer awareness sessions and would be keen to hear from you if you would like to host an event to raise awareness in your area at some point in the future. Please let Tessa Ricketts know on tessa.ricketts@abdiocese.org.uk Anyone else that you find who is interested in becoming a supporter and receiving regular updates can also contact Tessa to sign up. We welcome any suggestions you might have to help raise awareness across our diocese. Thank you.
David Farey – Chairman of the Diocesan Steering Group on Modern Slavery

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Supporting the Bereaved Course 2021
Around the Diocese many parishes are developing a bereavement befriending team, to accompany and support those experiencing grief and loss. They provide a vital service where people with a common faith can walk with others on this painful journey.
Do you feel that you are being called to this Ministry? Do you have a good ear for listening? Are you able to empathise with people? Are you able to maintain confidentiality?
If you feel drawn to supporting fellow parishioners, please speak to your Parish Priest about being considered for the Diocesan Supporting the Bereaved Course.
A commitment to attending every session is needed (Eight Tuesdays across January to March 2021).
If you wish to speak to someone about what the course entails and to register your interest in joining the programme please call Rev Deacon Simon South, Diocesan Marriage & Family Life Project Worker,
on 07415 306222 or email on simon.south@abdiocese.org.uk.

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Memorial Plaques
Unfortunately we have had to remove the memorial plaques from Our Lady of Ransom church for the time being. This is because they are being sprayed with disinfectant daily and we don’t want any harm to come to them. We assure you that they will be kept safely and put back in the same places as soon as things return to more normal.

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GDPR
The latest version of the GDPR form is available to download now – please click on the links below:
GDPR form – Word Document
GDPR form – PDF
If you have already completed a GDPR form and any of your details have changed, we would be grateful if you would kindly complete another form. If you know of any parishioner who is not internet connected please let Mary at the Parish Office know – email eastbourneolor@abdiocese.org.uk – and she will send them a form. If any member of your family is in the same position, again, please download a form for them.

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Eastbourne Catholic Churches Magazine

We’re excited to announce the first publication of “Eastbourne Catholic Churches”, a new joint venture with Christ the King Parish, containing lots of information about the season of Pentecost and more besides. Look out for more editions later in the year – and do share with your friends!



Click the link to read Eastbourne Catholic Churches Pentecost Edition

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Over the Rainbow
Sr Mary-Rose is blogging with regular art and craft activities and reflections for children to enjoy and to help them better appreciate the Sunday Gospels.
See: https://maryrosebracuti.wixsite.com/overtherainbow

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Live Streamed Masses
Some Churches transmit Mass live online:
St Mary of the Angels, Worthing 
Sacred Heart, Caterham - Mass (live and recorded), Adoration and the Rosary.
St Paul’s, Haywards Heath will be streaming via Facebook, their page can be accessed here
The Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham offers a 12 noon online Pilgrim Mass each day, a selection of previously recorded services and a prayer request facility.
Church Service TV provides live streaming and recordings from churches around the country.

You can tour the Vatican Museums from your armchair by visiting: http://m.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani-mobile/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html

Bishop Richard’s Podcast each Saturday: https://vimeo.com/arundelandbrighton/videos/

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Newspapers
Many UK Catholic Diocesan newspapers on one website – www.ChurchPaper.co.uk – so parishioners can stay in contact with their Church and their community. This includes the A&B News.

Mass Intentions
Mass intention requests can be posted through the parish office door with your donation.

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Useful Links
Mary – Parish Office 10.00am-3.00pm 07510-926806
Presbytery at Our Lady of Ransom (inc. Sick Calls) 01323-723222
Christ the King Parish 01323-760048
Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Website dabnet.org
National Conference of Bishops Website www.cbcew.org.uk
National Health Service www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
Government Advice  gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Parish Facebook page:

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